semi·​do·​mes·​ti·​ca·​tion ˌse-mē-də-ˌme-sti-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce semidomestication (audio)
: a captive state of a wild animal in which its living conditions and often its breeding are controlled by humans
semidomesticated adjective

Word History

First Known Use

circa 1835, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of semidomestication was circa 1835

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“Semidomestication.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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